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Taylor Hagler returns to IMSA Pilot Challenge, joins Bryan Herta Autosport

American racer Taylor Hagler will compete in her second IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge campaign as she will drive the #77 Bryan Herta Autosport's Hyundai Veloster N TCR.

Photo credits: Halston Pitman / MotorSportMedia

Earlier this week, young racing driver Taylor Hagler announced that she will continue her experience in the American-based IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series after making her debut in the championship in 2020.

Hagler had a positive rookie season in the 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challege at the wheel of the Honda Civic Type R TCR car, prepared by L.A Honda World Racing team; the 25-year old from Bulverde, Texas, was protagonist of a successful campaign alongside her co-driver Ryan Eversley.

Securing the TCR-class pole position at Mid-Ohio, Hagler became the third female racer to reach this important milestone and she additionally added five top-5 finishes to her racing resumé and scored one podium.

"Making the move into IMSA this year [2020], there was a big learning curve for me, but it was a great learning experience,” said Hagler.

"Getting to work with L.A. Honda World Racing taught me so much and has positioned me well for the future. I owe a lot of my growth this year to Ryan Eversley and can’t thank him enough for his coaching, guidance, and support throughout my rookie season in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. We had a lot of fun this year and had some great results so I’m looking forward to building on that even more next year."

In her sophomore IMSA season, Taylor Hagler will try to make a further step up in her career and joins the championship winning Bryan Herta Autosport team: she will drive the Hyundai Veloster N TCR machine, shared with 2019 series winner Micheal Lewis.

"I’m so honored to be joining a championship-winning organization like Bryan Herta Autosport" - were Taylor's words after the announcement.

"Having competed against them this past year, they have proven to be top contenders in TCR and I’m excited to be a part of that in the No. 77 Hyundai Veloster N TCR in 2021. It will be great to work with Michael who has so much experience with the Hyundai and I can’t wait to get off to a strong start in January!"

The iconic Daytona International Speedway will in fact host the season opener on January 22-24th.

Here you can find the full 2021 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge calendar:

Daytona International Speedway, Jan 22 - Jan 24

Daytona International Speedway, Jan 27 - Jan 31

Sebring International Raceway, Mar 17 - Mar 20

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, May 14 - May 16

Watkins Glen International, Jun 24 - Jun 27

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Jul 2 - Jul 4

Lime Rock Park, Jul 16 - Jul 17

Road America, Aug 6 - Aug 8

VIRginia International Raceway, Aug 20 - Aug 22

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Sept. 10 - Sept. 12

Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Oct 6 - Oct 9

Photo credits: Taylor Hagler / Sunday Management



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